31 August, 2012

The wonder of Children in Nature

There really is something to the saying ;
"Another child is every child's favourite toy".

 Intrinsically, children are adventurous, playful, curious and imaginative. 
They are also drawn to nature. 
So for me there is no question -  
Nature and the Child ARE one.

 It stands to reason then, that a group of children, permitted to freely explore in the bush, will have a wonderful time.

 All of these photos were taken on a recent walk. 
Two mamas. 
Four children, aged between 2 and 6 years.

We mamas chatted and observed from a distance. 
Available for a cuddle when needed (or just wanted).
My camera was hardly noticed.
It's not nearly as interesting as discovering rainbow coloured stones nor dripping tree sap!

The children naturally knew to jump back when, on lifting a rock,  a scorpion was discovered.
Knew to be gentle when they found clumps of moss.
They slowed down themselves, when running on gravel resulted in a slide out.
They chatted merrily, exclaimed vibrantly, concentrated thoroughly.

 And all of this, was their own.

30 August, 2012

Tying triple shoe knots

I am so often surprised by what captures the attention of my children.
A seemingly mundane, every day task to me - such as tying shoe laces - has become a very important part of our morning ritual these last weeks.

And not just the tying of laces. 
It must be 3 sets of knots. 
TRIPLE knotted laces.

They pratice, they concentrate and they are so proud once they have achieved their goal.
Showing off their laces to, and encouraging each other.

Children really do help slow us down.
Encourage us to remain grounded. 
Remind us to find pleasure in the little things.

Their pure joy in the simplicities of life give me reason to smile each day.
(especially now that I know to leave a little extra time for shoes and lace tying, before we need to head out the door!)

29 August, 2012

Guest Post at Positive Parenting Connection

How very exciting!

I feel privileged to have a guest post featured on the wonderful parenting blog 

Ariadne includes topics on her blog that are peaceful, playful and positive.

You can find my article here:

It has been a pleasure chatting with you Ariadne, 
your blog is an inspiration.

Cauliflower Kofta Recipe

Cauliflower Koftas

1 whole Cauliflower (or equivalent of your favourite vegetables)
1 1/2cups besan flour
1/2t turmeric
1t cumin
1/4t asoefatida
pinch salt
1t garam masala
1t kaloonji seeds (optional)

Finely chop the cauliflower (I used my food processor)

Add all other ingredients and blend until combined.
Don't feel tempted to add any liquid. The moisture in the cauliflower is more than sufficient to hold the mix together.

Shallow fry in spoonfuls, in ghee, until golden brown on each side.

Serve with natural yoghurt or raita (yoghurt/cucumber/mint dip) as a snack, or
 with a meal.
They are also delicious with houmous

21 August, 2012

A few Mama-made treasures

Having this awful flu for over a week or so, caught us by surprise. 
It really changed the focus of what I have been getting up to these last couple of weeks.

However, just before all of that, I had been Making.
Making stock for the wonderful shop at our school.
More knitted rainbow horses.

I think these are coming to the end now.
I love them, but they are a lot of work.
A little more pyrography.
(Wood burning)
How I enjoy this new hobby!
(I'm just a bit pleased that others like my work too *grins*)

And more Camphor Laurel creations...

I love how smooth the wood is at this stage.
 & Toadstools

...in all shapes, colours and sizes.

My fingers are itching to get creative again.
Etsy is beckoning, and the next school Market Day is drawing near too.

I'm sure I will have some more to share soon.
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